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Be a Camouflage Detective

Looking for Critters That are Hidden, Concealed, or Covered

by (author) Peggy Kochanoff

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Sep 2021
General, Curiosities & Wonders, Mysteries & Detective Stories
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 7


Silver Birch - and Hackmatack-nominated Be A Nature Dectective series explores animal camouflage

How do insects hide themselves in the woods? Can flounders really change the texture of their skin to blend in with sandy sea bottoms? Why do hares change the colour of their fur depending on the season? Naturalist and artist Peggy Kochanoff answers these queations and more in this illutrated guide to solving nature mysteries, for young readers.

From the anatomy of a sea anemone to the dappled feathers of snowy owls, Kochanoff takes readers on a fascinating and entertaining tour of the most common animal disguises and camouflages in Atlantic Canada and beyond. Packed with detailed and vivid water colour illustrations and clear answers to creative questions, Be a Camouflage Detective is the perfect tool for solving the nature mysteries in your own backyard!

About the author

“Peggy Kochanoff graduated from Cornell University with a degree in vertebrate zoology and spent a summer working at the Central Park Zoo in New York City. She is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including Be a Beach Detective and Be a Wilderness Detective, which was shortlisted for a Silver Birch Express Award. After marriage and travelling, she settled with her husband and two sons on a tree farm in Nova Scotia.

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Editorial Reviews

"The book begins with a topic that fascinates many young naturalists: poop. In this first section, Kochanoff details many types of scat produced by common animals, including rabbits, skunks, and porcupines. The matter-of-fact descriptions are accompanied by accurately detailed watercolour illustrations. [...] A helpful glossary of terms rounds out the package, making Be a Wilderness Detective a great addition to any young nature enthusiast's bookshelf."
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